Wallabies to take on Irish opposition

May 21, 2018 by  

Suncorp Stadium in Milton will no doubt ring to the strains of ‘Danny Boy’ next month, when the Qantas Wallabies play the visiting Irish rugby team for the first match in a three-test series.

Irish fans in Brisbane and surrounding areas are surely busy banner printing, placard writing and finding the wildest costumes in shades of green to show their support for the team. As in most cities in Australia, and many other parts of the world, Brisbane has a large number of expatriate Irish and their descendants, so the Irish players can expect a warm welcome. The ticket allocation for Irish supporters has already been exhausted but other tickets are still available.

It has been eight years since Ireland played a test series in Australia and they have not won here since 1979. In the last Brisbane test in June 2010 Australia defeated Ireland 22-15. Recently the two teams have been close rivals, with Ireland coming out on top 27-24 at their last test in Dublin in November 2016. Pundits are expecting a close and exciting match played in a fervent atmosphere.

The Wallabies coaching staff are confident that scrum-half, Will Genia, will be fit to play in the match. Genia has been side-lined with a knee injury but is expected to make a full recovery in time for the test. Wallabies ‘Gold Brigade’ supporters are encouraged to come along and make themselves heard for the June 9th fixture.